The July conservation task is on Sunday 2 July 2017, in the Waterworks Nature Reserve, where we will be removing invasive species.
The task will help to control goat’s rue in the meadow areas and remove the need for herbicides to be used.
Why is goat’s rue classed as invasive ? It is a non-native hardy perennial that forms dense crowns, each plant can produce over 15,000 seeds that remain viable for 10 to possibly 26 years.
Goat’s rue is so-called as it was given to nanny goats to increase their milk yield, but it was found to be toxic to ruminants with the potential to induce a build-up of excess fluid in the lungs, low blood pressure, paralysis and death.
As always everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No experience is required. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. We will be working in long grass meadows.
We can provide wellington boots in the morning. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair.
LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, coffee, tea and biscuits. Please bring some lunch.
Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure. The meeting place is the foyer of former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road.
Please lock bicycles to the stands in front of the Waterworks Centre. There is ample free car parking. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Reserve so please do not cross the bridge with dogs or ride bicycles in the nature reserve. Dogs are still welcome on some tasks, but not this one. Please read this article if you think we are being draconian http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6978272.stm
As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.
Volunteering and doing a conservation task with LBCV in North East London, is great way to meet new people, learn new skills, use old skills, be more active, get closer to nature, make a difference and have some fun with like-minded people in the Lea Valley Regional Park.
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